This lovely antique Indo Persian box is covered with silver and bronze elaborate damascene work on the top and 4 sides. The box lid is slightly domed and the inside is lined with wood. Made in what was Persia, now Bidar India, this box dates to the early part of the 19th century, and is an fine example of Damascene metal work. In excellent condition, the box is 6.5 inches x 3.5 inches x 2 inches high.
Known in India as "Bidri", damascene metalwork was developed by the Persian court silversmiths in the 15th century. By combining several different metals and by employing both inlay and engraving techniques, highly skilled craftsmen using traditional Iranian designs created elaborate flowing patterns on the surface of various metal objects, including plates, vases, and goblets etc...Such objects are still highly regarded for their beauty and are still collected in India today.